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By Tim Leeds 

Tester fights to strengthen Empire Builder line

Senator demands answers from Amtrak as he prepares to fight for needed funding


Last updated 4/17/2019 at 11:51am

A month before Amtrak long-distance passenger rail lines is a topic on the agenda at a National Passenger Rail Association meeting in Cut Bank, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said he is “leading a bipartisan effort to strengthen rural Amtrak service and hold the Trump Administration accountable for attempts to gut funding for the Empire Builder Line” as the Senate gears up to draft next year’s budget, a release from Tester’s office said.

The release said Tester is pressing Amtrak President Richard Anderson to reaffirm his support for rural Amtrak routes, including Montana’s Empir...

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